Be an artist, today
December 1, 2004 7:32 AM   Subscribe's Art Pad is a fun little flash app that lets you paint a masterpiece, frame it, then hang it. Check out my handiwork. I'll start the opening bids at $50,000 for the piece. [via redferret]
posted by mathowie (44 comments total)
Shhh. Don't tell the Norwegians. mathowie's got Scream.
posted by felix betachat at 7:35 AM on December 1, 2004

The characteristic theme of the Matt's art is not discourse, but postdiscourse. Therefore, it suggests that we have to choose between structural narrative and pretextual materialism.

The main theme of my critique of Baudrillardist simulacra is the role of the artist as observer. Thus, the subject is contextualised into a nationalism that includes sexuality as a whole. In conclusion, I would rate Matt's painting as SUCKS.
posted by Stan Chin at 7:40 AM on December 1, 2004

Stan, obviously you have terrible taste in the clunky mouse-driven genre of painting.
posted by mathowie at 7:43 AM on December 1, 2004

Hah, no way Matt, mine's clearly a finer work of art. Yours is...well...far too busy! Signed Red. :-)
posted by Duug at 7:59 AM on December 1, 2004

I'll play. Presenting Faux Tannenbaum.
posted by maggieb at 8:15 AM on December 1, 2004

posted by mmahaffie at 8:18 AM on December 1, 2004

Holy matpollock, Batman.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 8:27 AM on December 1, 2004

What's with the draconian terms of service? I wouldn't be surprised if it took longer to write them than it did to develop the app!
posted by simonw at 9:04 AM on December 1, 2004

Trouser Ichthyologist
posted by sciurus at 9:10 AM on December 1, 2004

Considering all those terms and conditions, I hope Gus, Leo, Ed, and Mark get a cut.

No white? And the paint dries too fast.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 9:17 AM on December 1, 2004

This is way cool.

Totally shows I'm right about Pollock though.

Mine is titled, "What a dictionary!"
posted by CunningLinguist at 9:27 AM on December 1, 2004

My next piece.
posted by mathowie at 9:32 AM on December 1, 2004

Mine is more Lichtenstein inspired
posted by thirteen at 9:44 AM on December 1, 2004

*bows before thirteen*
posted by th3ph17 at 9:49 AM on December 1, 2004


my effort
posted by kamylyon at 9:57 AM on December 1, 2004

Wow thirteen! Do more!

Does anyone else get a weird thrill watching a good drawing being drawn?
posted by CunningLinguist at 9:57 AM on December 1, 2004

Seasons Bleatings!
posted by picea at 10:02 AM on December 1, 2004

Oh, and the link. Haha.
posted by picea at 10:03 AM on December 1, 2004

Thanks for saying nice things.

Mr Danzig
posted by thirteen at 10:21 AM on December 1, 2004

Keep it up, people! This is great fun. (But as for me, I've tried to agree to the humongo terms and conditions several times, in three different browsers, and it always throws me back to the original page that asks me to click forward to agree to the terms and conditions.)
posted by taz at 10:33 AM on December 1, 2004


Some of the other flash drawing apps had a limit to the number of lines you could have on a page and the early lines would start erasing themselves as you got into the thousands of lines. this one doesn't seem to. thats really good.

what it really is missing is an eyedrop tool that could get the RGB value from anywhere in the painting. that would allow onscreen mixing and you could really do some great things! At least mix some decent colors.

taz - just click the '' link in the first page.

but regardless, this is the best flash drawing to date. I think
posted by darkpony at 10:38 AM on December 1, 2004

Watching the Watchers or "Eyes Without A Face (Apologies to Billy Idol)"
posted by papercake at 10:40 AM on December 1, 2004

er... best flash drawing TOOL.
posted by darkpony at 10:41 AM on December 1, 2004

Now I remember why I'm not a painter....

Go ahead, click... you're thinking, "man, this must really suck..."
posted by mmahaffie at 10:50 AM on December 1, 2004

actually, mmahaffie, that's pretty darn cute
posted by mai at 11:05 AM on December 1, 2004

Photoshop it ain't, but fun it is.

Presenting "Red and Blue Make Purple."
posted by Saellys at 12:28 PM on December 1, 2004

Sorry if the colors are weird. Colorblindness and a bad monitor lead to bad things.
posted by odinsdream at 12:39 PM on December 1, 2004

just a doodle
posted by c at 1:01 PM on December 1, 2004

That's fucking awesome, darkpony. (Screencaptured it; hope you don't mind.)
posted by Tlogmer at 2:33 PM on December 1, 2004

thirteen totally has a tablet pc.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 2:43 PM on December 1, 2004

I have a tablet at home, but I do not use it for much beyond coloring. Mostly I draw with the mouse and lasso tool in photoshop.

That is my more typical style
posted by thirteen at 2:57 PM on December 1, 2004

Not to get off topic, but that kicks ass, thirteen. Do you have a gallery somewhere online? I didn't see any obvious links from the 13 Labs weblog --

(And darlpony, too. I love art with robots.)
posted by rafter at 3:07 PM on December 1, 2004

I keep meaning to put up a portfolio site. I have a design worked out, but I do not code well. Mostly I have worked word of mouth, and freelance for my day job.

Thanks again.
posted by thirteen at 3:22 PM on December 1, 2004

dear thirteen,

I poked around your weblog site for a gallery too! to no avail. I would also love to see more images from you. Maybe consider some helper app so you don't need to code at all? I once had a 'great design' for a gallery page that never got implemented. Which was a shame because all my pictures just sat in a folder on my computer. There are several image viewing software packages that will do this automagically and generate the html and everything (thumbnails and full image!)

They layout isn't earthshattering but it gets your work up for people to see. and that makes people happy!

iview media pro is what I have used and its totally painless. I'm sure ipictures or whatever the apple product is must do it as well.

posted by darkpony at 3:36 PM on December 1, 2004

leveraging the playback feature

Though as mentioned earlier, there appears to be no line/stroke limit with the application, there is a noticeable slowdown the longer you paint, at least on my computer, which is Firefox 1.0 on Panther 10.3.
posted by odinsdream at 3:41 PM on December 1, 2004

I'm not used to being unable to edit posts in forums, maybe some day I'll learn what Preview is for. thirteen, you may want to look into Photostack, it's extremely easy to set up, and right out of the box you get a lovely site to showcase your photos/sketches. Once it's on your web server, you can manage your photo albums online easily. Development is speedy, and the developer is very knowledgeable, attentive, and comfortable with trying out new designs.
posted by odinsdream at 3:45 PM on December 1, 2004

My contribution to the wacky fun.
posted by j.edwards at 4:37 PM on December 1, 2004

Well someone wasn't drawing in math class...
posted by rooftop secrets at 5:42 PM on December 1, 2004

Pssh. That's what I do for fun, yo.
posted by j.edwards at 6:02 PM on December 1, 2004

to sum up, A=A?
posted by norm at 6:58 PM on December 1, 2004

My pitcher that I drew. I don't like that there's no white.
posted by jimmythefish at 9:00 PM on December 1, 2004

It's nice, you can continue painting over someone else's art. Sorta collaborative.

posted by bdave at 9:42 PM on December 1, 2004

It's nice, you can continue painting over someone else's art. Sorta collaborative.

Okay, let's try it. Here's a start.
posted by mmahaffie at 5:11 AM on December 2, 2004

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